MSc Intercultural Business Communication

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Explore the key role intercultural business communication plays in the global economy and gain the skills you need for a career in international business ventures.

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Course introduction

Intercultural business communication deals with the study of communication in intercultural and cross-cultural business contexts. It plays a key role in the global economy and world commerce as it cuts across cultural differences between international business partners and clients.

This course will give you a solid understanding of intercultural business communication and a range of issues related to cross-cultural business. You'll be well prepared for a career in international tourism, commerce and marketing.


Carlotta Zorzi

You’ll critically examine issues related to cross-cultural business behaviour, cultural dimensions, the key role of language, critical cultural awareness, and training for intercultural sensitivity.

You’ll discuss the works of major intercultural researchers and the critiques they have received in order to contribute to a more widening debate of intercultural theory and research.

This course gives you grounding in the global economic environment and the opportunity to specialise in an area of business. You’ll also study an in-depth introduction to research methodology, appropriate to undertaking research at this level.

With an international outlook, MSc Intercultural Business Communication attracts students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. By the end of the course, you’ll have a systematic understanding of intercultural business communication and competing theories of culture and communication.

You’ll also have the ability to critically and flexibly apply theoretical models to cross-cultural business contexts, including those of international marketing, commerce, advertising and tourism.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Subjects include

  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Understanding Language in the Global Workplace
  • Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace
  • Advertising as Cultural Discourse
  • Two options
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

One option from

  • Global Economic Environment & Marketing
  • Contemporary HRM
  • Principles and Practice of Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Skills for Event Management in the Tourism Industry
  • International Business Event Management
  • Postgraduate Language -French, German, Spanish or Italian

One option from

  • Global Marketing
  • Organisational Change management
  • Case Studies in International Tourism
  • Postgraduate Language -French, German, Spanish or Italian


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Opportunities in international tourism, commerce and marketing and also human resources, where trained professionals are required to negotiate business ventures with overseas clients and markets and train and support international workforces.

You could also progress to further academic study on a higher research degree.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider equivalent or lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £6,450 £6,466
Overseas £12,620 £12,620
This course comprises of 180 credits - 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation.

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